Click to see how your town fares in the governor's revised budget

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed a massive redistribution of state aid to the most impoverished communities. See below to see how your community fares.

Hartford stands to gain the most with an additional $57 million, followed by Waterbury with $49 million. West Hartford would be the biggest loser, with a proposed cut of $24 million, followed by Milford with a cut of $18 million.

The totals assume municipalities take the governor up on his proposal to tax the real estate of hospitals, some of their largest employers. It also assumes towns will have to pay a portion of teacher pension costs now paid by the state. For some towns, that may mean their new costs will exceed all state aid and will have to send the state the difference.

Below is how cities and towns make out if they elect not to tax their hospitals. For example, if Hartford decided not to tax its hospitals, it’s overall aid would increase by just $70,000.

The governor proposed doubling down on redistributing education aid to the neediest communities. Currently, two-thirds of the Education Cost Sharing Grant goes to the 30 lowest-performing districts. His first budget proposal would have directed 70 percent of education aid to the 30 lowest-performing districts.

His proposal Monday would direct 78 percent of state education aid to those lowest-performing districts. To do this, the governor proposes providing zero education aid to 31 municipalities, nine more than the 22 he proposed back in February. The additional towns that would lose all education aid are Glastonbury, East Granby, Oxford, New Fairfield, Clinton, North Haven, Newtown, Monroe and Shelton.

There may be a big caveat for this aid, as well: For communities that see increases, the administration has not decided whether to require it be spent entirely on education. Ben Barnes, the governor’s budget director, told reporters Monday, “That is something we will need to discuss.”

Want to see a specific grant or the percentage your town is cut? No problem. See here.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

Jake was Data Editor at CT Mirror. He is a former managing editor of The Ridgefield Press, a Hersam Acorn newspaper. He worked for the community newspaper chain as a reporter and editor for five years before joining the Mirror staff. He studied professional writing at Western Connecticut State University and is a graduate student in software engineering at Harvard Extension School.

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